Duke and Louisville were so close for so long until Quinn Cook took charge. The sophomore guard scored 11 of his 15 points in the final...
PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas — Duke and Louisville were so close for so long until Quinn Cook took charge.
The sophomore guard scored 11 of his 15 points in the final 7:46, including the Blue Devils’ last eight of the game, and No. 5 Duke beat No. 2 Louisville 76-71 on Saturday night in the championship game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
Neither team led by more than four points over the final 10 minutes until Cook’s final free throw with 6.7 seconds left made it 76-71.
Cook, who had six assists and just four turnovers against Louisville’s pressure defense, was 4 of 8 from the field and made all six of his free throws. The tournament MVP started his closing run when he took a long inbounds pass from Mason Plumlee and scored to give Duke a 70-68 lead with 1:14 left. Every time the Cardinals scored, Cook answered. His biggest hoop was a jumper with three seconds left on the shot clock that made it 72-67 with 27 seconds to go.
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Plumlee had 16 points and seven rebounds for Duke (6-0), while the other starters — Ryan Kelly, Rasheed Sulaimon and Seth Curry — all had 14 points.
Peyton Siva, the former Franklin High standout, had 19 points for the Cardinals (5-1). He brought them back from an 11-point second-half deficit by scoring the first seven points of an 11-2 run that brought Louisville within 54-52 with 10:55 to play.
Russ Smith added 17 points for Louisville, which played without 6-foot-10 Gorgui Dieng. The shot-blocking center is out with an injured left wrist and his replacement, 6-10 Zach Price, scored the game’s first basket, doubling his point total for the season. He finished with four points and three rebounds.
Minnesota 66, Stanford 63
Andre Hollins made three free throws with 0.4 seconds to play to give the Golden Gophers (6-1) a victory over the Cardinal (4-2) in the fifth-place game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
The game was tied at 63 when Minnesota went to throw the ball in from under its own basket. After an inbounds pass, the ball was tipped away by Stanford’s Dwight Powell, who saved it as he was falling out of bounds near midcourt. Hollins calmly corralled the loose ball in front of the Stanford bench and dribbled to midcourt where he launched a shot and was hit on the right arm by Stanford’s Chasson Randle.
Hollins made all three free throws. He finished with nine points. Powell scored 22 for Stanford.
At Utah 66, Weber State 54
Jordan Loveridge scored 22 points to lead the Utes (4-1), who won all three games of its Thanksgiving Tournament. Reggie Arceneaux scored 12 points for the Raiders (3-2).
No. 22 Cincinnati 77,
Cashmere Wright made five three-pointers and scored 17 points to lead the Bearcats (6-0) over Oregon in the championship game of the Global Sports Classic in Las Vegas.
The Bearcats (6-0) led by nine at the break but Oregon (5-1) opened the second half with a 21-10 surge to move in front. Cincinnati eventually settled down and closed the game with a 25-12 stretch to secure the win.
Carlos Emery led Oregon with 15 points and nine rebounds
No. 14 Creighton 87,
Arizona State 73
Doug McDermott scored 31 and the Blue Jays (5-0) handed the Sun Devils (3-1) their first loss of the season at the Las Vegas Invitational.
Freshman Jahii Carson scored 30 for Arizona State.